Christian Citizenship Seminar

April 11 – 16, 2024
Washington, D.C.

“And They Fled: Advocating for Just Immigration Policy,” Matthew 2:13 – 23″

Christian Citizenship 2024 - And They Fled
 

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Online registration opens December 1, 2023, at 12 p.m. central time. Register and pay in full by Dec. 31 to receive a free t-shirt! Non-refundable deposit of $250 due within two weeks of registration in order to hold your spot.

2024 theme

Not only did Jesus care for and welcome all, but as a child he and his family were forced to flee violence (Matthew 2:13-23). People fleeing violence, the impacts of climate change, and economic catastrophe continue to seek a safe place to live and support their families. But what does leaving your home country actually mean? What are the reasons that demand such a huge sacrifice?

A posture of welcome and care is a clear Christian mandate and the right to seek asylum is a human right. While community and religious groups continue to provide critical support for families in need, the government has a duty to make just and life-giving policies. While the challenges are significant, our response should be one of love. During CCS 2024 come to Washington to learn about asylum and immigration from policy experts, faith-based advocates, and community organizers. You will gain tools to address Congress, hear examples of local communities’ ministries and Church of the Brethren churches around the world, and strengthen your biblical understanding of God’s love in this work.

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Who is eligible to attend?

All high school youth, college freshman, and age equivalent young adults and their adult advisors are eligible to attend the seminar. Churches are strongly encouraged to send an advisor with their youth, even if only one or two youth attend. Churches are required to register one advisor for every four youth.

What is the cost?

The $500 registration fee includes: all event programming, shared room lodging for five nights, and 2 dinner meals. Participants need to bring additional money for most meals, sightseeing, personal expenses, and public transportation fares.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions, contact Becky Ullom Naugle, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at bullomnaugle@brethren.org or 847-404-0163